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By Lisa-ann Gershwin,Sylvia Earle

ISBN-10: 022602010X

ISBN-13: 9780226020105

ISBN-10: 022621303X

ISBN-13: 9780226213033

Our oceans have gotten more and more inhospitable to life—growing toxicity and emerging temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the edge of cave in. And but there's one creature that's thriving during this seasick surroundings: the attractive, risky, and now awfully various jellyfish. As most efficient jellyfish professional Lisa-ann Gershwin describes in Stung!, the jellyfish inhabitants bloom is very indicative of the tragic nation of the world’s ocean waters, whereas additionally revealing the fantastic tenacity of those extraordinary creatures.

 

Recent documentaries approximately swarms of huge jellyfish invading jap fishing grounds and summertime headlines approximately armadas of stinging jellyfish within the Mediterranean and Chesapeake are just the beginning—jellyfish are really taking up the oceans. regardless of their usually fabulous visual appeal, jellyfish are uncomplicated creatures with easy wishes: particularly, fewer predators and opponents, hotter waters to motivate speedy progress, and extra areas for his or her larvae to settle and develop. in most cases, oceans which are much less favorable to fish are extra favorable to jellyfish, and those are the very stipulations that we're growing via mechanized trawling, habitat degradation, coastal building, pollutants, and weather change.

 

Despite their function as harbingers of marine destruction, jellyfish are actually spell binding creatures of their personal correct, and in Stung!, Gershwin tells tales of jellyfish either beautiful and lethal whereas illuminating many fascinating and weird evidence approximately their behaviors and environmental diversifications. She takes readers again to the Proterozoic period, while jellyfish have been the pinnacle predator within the marine ecosystem—at a time whilst there have been no fish, no mammals, and no turtles; and he or she explores the function jellies have as middlemen of destruction, relocating rapidly into susceptible ecosystems. the tale of the jellyfish, as Gershwin makes transparent, is additionally the tale of the world’s oceans, and Stung! offers a special and pressing examine their inseparable histories—and future.

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